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Investing in the Next Generation

Children are society’s greatest asset, and smart investments in our communities’ youth and the systems that support them will drive improved downstream health, social, and educational outcomes. Building on important early childhood investments the Newsom Administration has made and recognizing recent policy changes that ask counties to expand local responses for some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities.

  • Partner with the state to ensure counties and their community partners have appropriate access to investments and supports to provide responsive services for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.
  • Join with other stakeholders and coalitions to support high-quality early care and early education programs.
  • Support services and funding, including for housing, that promote self-sufficiency among transition-age foster youth, non-minor dependents, former foster youth, and youth/young adults transitioning out of Secure Youth Treatment Facilities.
  • Support enhanced child welfare and permanency services.
  • Support evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention services.
  • Engage with the appropriate state departments on policy conversations regarding Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program and associated federal waivers.